SOURCE: Rainier Pacific Financial Group

Rainier Pacific Financial Group

November 06, 2009 16:45 ET

Rainier Pacific Financial Group, Inc. Receives Nasdaq Notice of Non-Compliance With Minimum Bid Price Requirement

TACOMA, WA--(Marketwire - November 6, 2009) - On November 5, 2009, Rainier Pacific Financial Group, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ: RPFG) received notice from the Nasdaq Stock Market stating that the minimum bid price of the Company's common stock was below $1.00 per share for 30 consecutive business days and that the Company was therefore not in compliance with Marketplace Rule 5450(a)(1).

The notification letter states that the Company has until May 5, 2010 to regain compliance with the minimum closing bid price requirement. To regain compliance, the closing bid price of the Company's common stock must meet or exceed $1.00 per share for at least ten consecutive business days. Nasdaq may, in its discretion, require the Company's common stock to maintain a bid price of at least $1.00 per share for a period in excess of ten consecutive business days, but generally no more than 20 consecutive days, before determining that the Company has demonstrated an ability to maintain long-term compliance.

If the Company does not regain compliance by May 5, 2010, Nasdaq will provide written notification to the Company that the Company's common stock will be delisted. At that time, the Company may appeal Nasdaq's delisting determination to a Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel. Alternately, the Company could apply to transfer its common stock to The NASDAQ Capital Market prior to that date if it satisfies all of the requirements, other than the minimum bid price requirement, for initial listing on The NASDAQ Capital Market set forth in Marketplace Rule 5505. If the Company were to elect to apply for such transfer and if it satisfies the applicable requirements and its application is approved, the Company would have an additional 180 days to regain compliance with the minimum bid price rule while listed on The NASDAQ Capital Market.

Rainier Pacific Financial Group, Inc. is the bank holding company for Rainier Pacific Bank, a Tacoma, Washington-based state-chartered savings bank operating 14 full-service locations in the Tacoma-Pierce County and City of Federal Way market areas.

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Forward-looking statements:

Certain matters discussed in this press release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "planned," "estimated," and "potential." These forward-looking statements are based on the Company's expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that cannot be predicted or quantified and are beyond the Company's control, including the potential that (1) the Company may not be able to continue as a going concern, and (2) because of our significantly undercapitalized status, our regulators may initiate additional enforcement actions against us. The Company's actual results, performance, or achievements may differ materially from those suggested, expressed, or implied by forward-looking statements as a result of a wide variety or range of factors including, but not limited to, the credit risks of lending activities, including changes in the level and trend of loan delinquencies and write-offs that may be impacted by deterioration in the housing and commercial real estate markets and may lead to increased losses and non-performing assets in the Company's loan portfolio, result in the Company's allowance for loan losses not being adequate to cover actual losses, and require the Company to materially increase its reserves; changes in general economic conditions, either nationally or in the Company's market areas; changes in the levels of general interest rates, and the relative differences between short and long term interest rates, deposit interest rates, net interest margin, and funding sources; deposit flows; fluctuations in the demand for loans, the number of unsold homes and other properties, and fluctuations in real estate values in the Company's market areas; adverse changes in the securities markets, including changes in the ability of the issuers of trust preferred CDO securities the Company owns to repay their obligations; changes as a result of examinations of the Company by the Federal Reserve Board and its bank subsidiary by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, Division of Banks, or other regulatory authorities, or as a result of agreements with these regulators, including the possibility that any such regulatory authority may, among other things, require the Company to increase its reserve for loan losses, write-down assets, change its regulatory capital position, or affect its ability to borrow funds or maintain or increase deposits, which could adversely affect the Company's liquidity and earnings; the Company's ability to control operating costs and expenses; the use of estimates in determining fair value of certain of the Company's assets, which estimates may prove to be incorrect and result in significant declines in valuation; difficulties in reducing risk associated with the loans on the Company's balance sheet; staffing fluctuations in response to product demand or the implementation of corporate strategies that affect the Company's work force and potential associated charges; computer systems on which the Company depends could fail or experience a security breach, or the implementation of new technologies may not be successful; the Company's ability to retain key members of its senior management team; costs and effects of litigation, including settlements and judgments; the Company's ability to manage loan delinquency rates; increased competitive pressures among financial services companies; changes in consumer spending, borrowing, and savings habits; legislative or regulatory changes that adversely affect the Company's business including changes in regulatory policies and principles, including the interpretation of regulatory capital or other rules; the availability of resources to address changes in laws, rules, or regulations or to respond to regulatory actions; inability of key third-party providers to perform their obligations to the Company; changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the financial institution regulatory agencies or the Financial Accounting Standards Board, including additional guidance and interpretation on accounting issues and details of the implementation of new accounting methods; economic impact of war or any terrorist activities; other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory, and technological factors affecting the Company's operations; pricing, products, and services; time to lease excess space in Company-owned buildings; future actions of Nasdaq and the future listing of the Company's securities; and other risks detailed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2009. Any of the forward-looking statements that the Company makes in this press release and in the other public statements may turn out to be wrong because of inaccurate assumptions the Company might make, the factors illustrated above, or other factors that the Company cannot foresee. Because of these and other uncertainties, the Company's actual future results may be materially different from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on the Company's behalf. Therefore, these factors should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. The Company undertakes no responsibility to update or revise any forward-looking statement.